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Ben Carson: Military Can't Continue Honored Traditions Because Of Benghazi

No matter how many times official investigations, including a Republican-led inquiry, have debunked the claim that the military or the Obama administration issued a “stand down” order or denied support during the 2012 Benghazi attack, GOP politicians continue to push the discredited talking point.

Take, for example, Ben Carson, who has continued writing a weekly column for the far-right outlet WorldNetDaily even after announcing his campaign for president. Writing in WND today, Carson claims that the military will not be able to continue its proud tradition because leaders “abandon[ed] them as they did in Benghazi and [said] it was too dangerous and too late to risk rescue efforts.” 

“Why would soldiers in the future take on heroic risks for a nation that would be willing to abandon them when the going gets tough?” Carson writes. “These kinds of dishonest and cowardly decisions will have deleterious effects on the future of our nation.”

Carson also criticizes Harry Reid, whose last name he misspells at times as “Reed,” to claim that his attacks on Mitt Romney during the 2012 election represented “inappropriate internal warfare” and were likely “met with glee by the jihadists and others wishing to destroy our nation and our culture.”

In the end, Carson writes, “we must learn to stop fighting each other and recognize that many of the issues over which we constantly squabble are not Republican or Democratic issues, but rather are pro-American and anti-American issues.”

I have heard many people say that the level of dishonesty and corruption in our society is no worse today than it has been in the past. I have done a great deal of reading about American history, and I take issue with this assessment. I believe there has been a significant moral decline in our society based on the fact that many people now conclude that they themselves are the final arbiter of right and wrong.

By way of example, Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, was recently being interviewed on one of the cable networks, and he was asked about his claim during the previous election cycle that Mitt Romney had failed to pay income taxes for several years. That was proven false, but the damage had already been done to Mr. Romney. Mr. Reed’s [sic] response was: “Well, he didn’t win, did he?” It was a blatant and unsubstantiated claim made in a politically protected environment. The worst part of this story is that not a single one of Mr. Reed’s [sic] congressional Democratic colleagues condemned this prevarication, and other than Fox news, the story was largely ignored. It is extremely alarming that so many people are more loyal to their political party than they are to the reputation and moral standing of their nation.

When party loyalty trumps a sense of morality, as a nation we are in great trouble. Such attitudes lead to bitter divisions and in many cases outright hatred, which causes people to viciously attempt to harm their perceived opponents. Such inappropriate internal warfare can only be met with glee by the jihadists and others wishing to destroy our nation and our culture. If we are trying to destroy each other, we are obviously making their jobs much easier. Because we are involved in a global struggle for survival, even though many of our leaders refuse to admit that, we must learn to stop fighting each other and recognize that many of the issues over which we constantly squabble are not Republican or Democratic issues, but rather are pro-American and anti-American issues – and we should be on the same side.



How can people be expected to work for the good of a society whose leadership cannot be trusted? How can our military with its proud history of selfless courage be expected to continue such a tradition when our leadership abandons them as they did in Benghazi and says it was too dangerous and too late to risk rescue efforts? Why would soldiers in the future take on heroic risks for a nation that would be willing to abandon them when the going gets tough? These kinds of dishonest and cowardly decisions will have deleterious effects on the future of our nation. When we sacrifice our principles for political expediency, we end up in a very bad place. We must teach our kids the benefits of honesty and integrity. The concept of a clear conscience is worthy of discussion once again. The ability to concentrate on what one is doing because you’re not constantly worried about skeletons in the closet is a topic worthy of in-depth conversation both for us and for the next generation.

Land: 'We're In The State We're In Today Because Of The Judgment Of God'

Southern Evangelical Seminary president Richard Land was a guest on TheDove TV a few weeks ago, where he declared that America's current political leadership is a sign that God's judgment is now upon this nation.

Land, who once called President Obama "a judgment of God on the United States," said that just as God heaped His judgment upon the nation of Israel, so too is He willing to punish America and is, in fact, doing so right now.

"I believe He is judging the United States of America," Land said. "I don't believe that you can kill 56 million babies in child sacrifice through abortion and not expect that God won't judge the nation. I believe we're in the state we're in today because of the judgment of God. I get asked all the time, 'Where is the next Abraham Lincoln? Where is the next Ronald Reagan? Where is the next Billy Graham?' Well, my answer is great political and spiritual leadership in our country is a sign of God's blessing; its absence is a sign of God's judgment."

Pat Boone: Gay Rights Will Destroy The Boy Scouts And Endanger America

Musician and conservative commentator Pat Boone is outraged that Robert Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, recently proposed an end to the organization’s ban on adult gay members.

Calling the announcement a “danger to our way of life,” Boone writes in WorldNetDaily today that if the Scouts move to “embrace homosexuality” it will “leave Scouting permanently marred, totally changed into something the founders would be appalled by – and that will inevitably bring about the collapse and demise of Scouting itself.”

According to Boone, all of America is at risk and the possibility of gays in the Boy Scouts presents a “danger to our way of life” as the change will destroy moral values, religious freedom and the American spirit: “Our courts and our ‘leaders’ are caving in, surrendering to ‘political correctness’ and abandoning, not just now but perhaps for our kids’ future, all of the moral guidelines, the DNA that made America who we are.”

America, WAKE UP! Things are happening right in front of our noses, and we don’t seem to grasp their significance, their danger to our way of life!

Get this: Just five days ago, Robert Gates, former director of the CIA and former secretary of defense, and now president of the Boy Scouts of America, made a declaration to the assembled executives of that wonderful, time-honored youth organization.

“We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be.”

And what was he talking about? “The cascading events, the incessant discrimination lawsuits, and the impending Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage” had led him to conclude that the hallowed rules that define the whole Scouting program “cannot be sustained.”

Think about it. Although the Boy Scouts officially began in 1909, and the Girl Scouts a year later, as a voluntary, nonprofit, non-governmental organization, dedicated by oath and internal law to honor and morality and “duty to God and country,” this man who personally directed our national defense and investigative agencies is advocating surrender of the Scouts’ founding principles to the encroaching, virulent campaign of militant homosexual activists!

Dear God, Bob Gates, what are you thinking?

Is this how you see “the world as it is”? Has the United States of America become so weak, so lost, so unable to defend our very moral underpinnings, our national DNA, our constitutional defenses and rights, that we must cave in to relentless pressure on Scouting to embrace homosexuality, not just in boys and girls enrolled in Scouting but in the leaders who will be lasting influences on their young, trusting lives?



Bob, I know you’re a good man faced with tough decisions. You want to be fair and compassionate and still keep the Scouts what they were created to be. Right? You only signed on for two years as president; you don’t want to leave Scouting permanently marred, totally changed into something the founders would be appalled by – and that will inevitably bring about the collapse and demise of Scouting itself.



Bob, dear Bob, the real issue is far deeper and more pervasive than just what you propose for Scouting. Our whole society, our very way of life, is on the line. Are we just to totally succumb to “the world as it is” and not continue to try to make it “what we wish it to be”? Do we just “give up” and become a pot-ridden populace, with all the mounting consequences? Do we just cave in to abortion advocates, who already account for a million or more infant deaths a year, here in the land of the brave and home of the free? Do you endorse the decisions of our president and former attorney general not to enforce immigration laws on our books?

Do you side with those who want to remove God’s name from all public life, prayer from schools, even “under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance?

In 1954, Special Counsel Joseph Welch confronted Sen. Joe McCarthy: “At long last, have you left no sense of decency? No sense of decency?”

On issue after issue, Bob, our courts and our “leaders” are caving in, surrendering to “political correctness” and abandoning, not just now but perhaps for our kids’ future, all of the moral guidelines, the DNA that made America who we are.

At long last, have we left no decency?

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/26/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/26/15

  • Right-wing Catholic leaders are not happy that Ireland overwhelmingly voted to legalize gay marriage last week, with Deacon Keith Fournier declaring that "when an entire country freely chooses to reject both the laws of nature and of nature’s God, there will be consequences" and Father Shenan J. Boquet of Human Life International warning that "there is no sustainable peace for those who reject God’s law, and the effect on the traditionally Catholic nation of Ireland will be severe."
  • When Rick Perry makes his presidential announcement, he'll be surrounded by a gaggle of high profile Navy SEALS.
  • An interesting battle is shaping up between the NRA and right-wing pastors in North Carolina who support the state's ban on hunting on Sundays.
  • Matt Barber tells parents that they have been warned that gay Boy Scout leaders will molest their children: "If you leave your children in the Boy or Girls Scouts of America, anything that might happen is on your head."
  • Peter LaBarbera has now set his sights on The Leather Archives & Museum: "It glorifies the most heinous perversions, including pedophilia and incest. And nobody knows what's going on in there except the homosexual movement – and they try to keep it hidden."
  • Finally, last week, Cindy Jacobs' Generals International sent out an urgent message that "a prophetic intercessor was warned in a dream of a severe attack from ISIS, possibly targeting the Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC." No such attack took place, so we'll probably hear from Jacobs soon about how their prayers prevented it.

Rafael Cruz: Gay Marriage Undermines Freedom And Therefore Turns Us Into Slaves

During an April speech at Easley First Wesleyan Church in Easley, South Carolina, Rafael Cruz said that while the unlimited right to bear arms is God-ordained, allowing gay people to marry will destroy freedom and turn us all into “slaves.”

“We do not get the right to bear arms from the Second Amendment… the Second Amendment assumes you already have that right because that right is intrinsic in our unalienable right to life,” he said. “You see, if you have an unalienable right to life, you also have the right to protect that life and protect the life of your loved ones. So the attack on the Second Amendment ultimately goes to the unalienable right to life.”

Not so with gay marriage, Cruz said, which is not a right but an attack on freedom.

The gay marriage case at the Supreme Court, he claimed, “is not about homosexual marriage, it’s about religious freedom. Because if the Court rules that homosexual marriage is a right, mark my words, the next thing will be going to a church and saying ‘you must perform homosexual marriage, or we’ll put you in jail’ or ‘you must hire a homosexual pastor, or we’ll put you in jail.’”

Cruz added that marriage isn’t necessary for gay and lesbian couples since civil unions — which his son has fought against — are legal in a number of places.

This attack on religion, concluded Cruz, is an attack on the liberty of conservative Christians and “of course, if you don’t have liberty, you’re a slave and if you’re a slave, you can’t pursue happiness.”

E.W. Jackson Preaches That Christians Must Support FRC's 'Missionary' Work In The United States

After losing his race for lieutenant governor of Virginia back in 2013, E.W. Jackson became a senior fellow with the Family Research Council and in that capacity, he spoke at FRC's "Watchmen on the Wall" conference last week, where he preached that those in attendance should be regularly donating to support FRC's "missionary" work to all of the non-Christians in America.

"It bothers me to think that my own country is a strange land," Jackson proclaimed. "I never thought that there would be a day when my nation would prosecute the Bible-believing Christian for standing for what the word of God says and reward those who come against it as if they are heroes, as if they are great Americans for standing up against God. But that's where we are. I never thought I would see the day where people would brag about their ability to destroy children in the womb, but that's exactly what we have today."

"It ought to make us weep," he continued. "Sometimes it seems like we're living in a foreign land ... There comes a time when we need to be willing to give. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. Well, who should we give to, Bishop?  Well, I know that most of the churches in here probably have missionary budgets, but you know, I'm here to tell you today that there's a new mission field called the United States of America and that the Family Research Council is a mission organization. And we need to be prepared to give to help take the word of God to the lost and dying in the United States of America. We've got as many souls that need saving here as they have in Africa or Asia or anywhere else in the world. Increasingly, we've got people here who've never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and they need to hear it. We gotta give! We gotta give!"

Trent Franks: Democrats Who Vote Against 20-Week Abortion Ban Will Go To Their Graves Regretting It

Rep. Trent Franks, who has been leading the effort to outlaw abortion after 20 weeks, was a guest on "WallBuilders Live" today, where he declared that Democrats who vote against this legislation will go to their graves regretting their votes.

After acknowledging that the legislation will likely be vetoed by President Obama, the Arizona Republican fumed that Obama has "vitiated and completely undermined any claim that he has for any compassion for the innocent or the helpless."

Franks then declared that the results of the vote on this legislation in the House of Representatives would be "considered thoughtfully in history and really even in councils of eternity itself" and asserted that those who dared to vote against it would rue the day.

"I think that when those legislators who voted 'no' on this bill lay their head down on the pillow of the nursing home," Franks said, "and look back and realize that they missed one of the greatest opportunities that they ever had to affirm the miracle of life and the importance of protecting those who can't protect themselves, which was their purpose for being in Congress but they just didn't realize it":

Roy Moore: Impeach Ruth Bader Ginsburg Over Gay Marriage Case

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore spoke with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on Friday about his belief that states should “resist” a potential Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, saying that Congress and the states should simply defy a court decision they disagree with by stating “that there is no right to redefine marriage” in the U.S. Constitution.

“We have justices on the Supreme Court right now who have actually performed same-sex marriages, Ginsburg and Kagan,” Moore continued. “Congress should do something about this.”

He said that if Justice Ginsburg does not recuse herself from the case, then Congress should commence impeachment proceedings.

“This is undermining the rule of law in our country and ushers in an age of chaos,” Perkins added.

Scott Walker: Ultrasounds Should Be Mandatory Since They're 'A Cool Thing'

In an interview with conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch on Friday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his anti-choice record, saying that a bill he signed requiring that women seeking an abortion first obtain a medically unnecessary ultrasound merely provided them with access to “a lovely thing” and a “cool thing out there.”

Walker, a potential GOP presidential candidate, signed the ultrasound provision along with a hospital “admitting privileges” law that threatened to force clinics around the state to close.

Walker told Loesch that criticism he received about the ultrasound bill was merely an attack from the “gotcha” media, and that he was in fact just trying to provide women with “a cool thing.”

“The thing about that, the media tried to make that sound like that was a crazy idea,” he said. “Most people I talked to, whether they’re pro-life or not, I find people all the time that pull out their iPhone and show me a picture of their grandkids’ ultrasound and how excited they are, so that’s a lovely thing. I think about my sons are 19 and 20, we still have their first ultrasounds. It’s just a cool thing out there.”

“We just knew if we signed that law, if we provided the information that more people if they saw that unborn child would make a decision to protect and keep the life of that unborn child,” he said.

Walker, who recently explained to Religious Right leaders that he was being purposefully evasive about his anti-choice goals by using pro-choice rhetoric to back his cause, said that while social issues “shouldn’t be defining” for Republicans, “we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it.”